tony

[toh-nee]

Origin of tony

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; tone + -y1
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British Dictionary definitions for tonier

tony

adjective tonier or toniest
  1. US and Canadian informal stylish or distinctive; classy

Word Origin for tony

C20: from tone

Tony

noun plural Tonies or Tonys
  1. any of several medallions awarded annually in the United States by a professional school for the performing arts for outstanding achievement in the theatre

Word Origin for Tony

from Tony, the nickname of Antoinette Perry (died 1946), US actress and producer
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Word Origin and History for tonier

tony

adj.

1877, American English slang, from high-toned. It was the name of a reddish-brown fashion color in the 1920s.

Tony

1947, awards given by American Theatre Wing (New York), from nickname of U.S. actress, manager, and producer Antoinette Perry (1888-1946).

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